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Nursing Program Frequently Asked Questions

For additional information, review the prospective nursing student packet (PDF).


How long does it take to complete the ADN nursing program?

The five nursing courses take two years to complete. Prerequisite courses and other degree requirements may take an additional one to two years depending upon how many credit hours a student completes each semester or how many credits transfer from other Colleges or Universities.

How many students are admitted to the nursing program each semester?

The nursing program is a limited enrollment program and can only admit forty-five students due to the state mandated faculty to student ratio in the clinical setting and the limited number of available clinical sites.

What is a screening deadline?

A screening deadline is an application deadline for the nursing program. A completed screening request form must be submitted to the Registrar and Records office by the end of business on the screening deadline date.

When are the screening deadlines?

The screening deadlines are the fourth Wednesday in February for the subsequent fall (August) semester and the fourth Wednesday in September for the subsequent spring (January) semester.

What is my next step?

If you are a new student or you have less than 25 college credits, contact Academic Advising for an appointment. If you have 26 or more college credits and are enrolled in a transfer program, contact Counseling Services for an appointment. The phone numbers are located in the prospective student packet.

Can anyone be accepted into the nursing program?

Any student who meets the qualifying criteria can be accepted into the program. Qualifying criteria include meeting all of the prerequisites and residing in Lake County. Individuals who live outside of Lake County will likely not be accepted into the program unless the program does not fill with Lake County residents. Individuals who live outside of Lake County but work in Lake County are not considered to be Lake County residents for the purpose of the nursing program.

How do I apply to the nursing program?

Once you have completed all prerequisite courses, taken the NLN PAX exam, attended a nursing information session and you are a CNA listed on the Illinois Healthcare Worker Registry, you should complete a "Screening Request" form. Screening request forms are also available at the Welcome and One Stop Center in Grayslake, or the counseling offices at Southlake or Lakeshore. Complete the form and return it in person, by U.S. postal mail, by email or fax to the Registrar and Records office at the Grayslake campus by the end of business hours on the screening deadline.

Will my courses from other colleges transfer to CLC?

Many classes from other colleges are accepted at the college. Students should submit official transcripts to the Registrar and Records office and complete a Request for Evaluation of Prior College Transcripts form. Transcript evaluation takes 4-6 weeks to complete. Trained credential analysts will review the transcripts. Courses that transfer will be located on your student center page.

Is there a time limit on courses that transfer?

At this time, there is no time limit on courses that will be accepted for the nursing program. Students are accountable for past knowledge, and information will not be re-taught.

Why do I need to submit a high school transcript?

The nursing program requires proof of high school graduation as one of the entrance requirements. If you have a college degree, you may submit a college transcript instead of a high school transcript. All transcripts must be "Official" and include a date of graduation.

What do I do if I graduated from high school or college in another country?

All transcripts from foreign countries should first be evaluated by an approved NACES credentialing center. The evaluated transcripts are then sent to the college and evaluated by the Admissions credential analysts. The evaluation must be a Catalog Match evaluation in order to be considered for transfer credit. Contact the Registrar and Records office for additional information. This entire process can take up to 6 months to complete. Evaluated transcripts must be in the Registrar and Records office by the screening deadline.

Do medical assistants, paramedics, EMTs and Military Corpsmen need to become a Nurse Assistant?

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), medical assistants, paramedics and EMTs do not possess the training to be considered a Nurse Assistant. They must complete a Nurse Assisting course and take the state exam. Military corpsmen are directed to contact the IDPH and follow their guidelines for obtaining Nurse Assisting certification.

If I am only interested in becoming a Nurse assistant do I need to attend the general information meeting?

No. The General Information Meeting is for the Associate Degree Nursing program only.

What is the NLN PAX exam?

The NLN PAX exam is the entrance exam for the nursing program. The exam includes sections on verbal ability, math and science. Admission to the program is based upon scores on the NLN PAX exam.

I am having trouble registering for the NLN PAX test, what do I do?

Review the NLN PAX registration instructions located on the nursing web page. If you are locked out or still having difficulty, contact the NLN via the customer support email address or you can call the NLN at their toll free number.

How often can I take the NLN PAX exam?

The PAX exam can be taken every 90 days. Exams taken less than 90 days after a prior exam will not count. As long as the test score is less than 3 years old, and has been taken prior to a screening deadline, the scores can be used for screening.

What does rank order mean for the NLN PAX exam?

The highest RN composite percentile on the NLN PAX exam is 99%. Applicants are ranked for screening by the RN composite percentile score beginning with 99% and descending down to the minimum acceptable RN percentile score. Applicants are then selected by the scores beginning with the 99% and continuing until the forty-five students have been accepted. All minimum scores on the exam must be met.

What score do I need on the NLN exam to be admitted into the program?

The acceptance scores change with each applicant pool. The minimum accepted scores are the 50th RN percentile rank in verbal, math and science and the 60th RN composite percentile rank. The most common RN composite percentile scores accepted into the program are 86% through the 99%.

What do I do if I am not accepted into the nursing program the first time I apply?

Applicants who are not accepted may complete a screening form and reapply during the next screening period. Applicants do not need to repeat completed courses but many applicants do take the NLN PAX exam to achieve a higher score prior to screening again.

Is there a waiting list for the nursing program?

The nursing program does not keep a waiting list. Individuals who are not accepted into the program have the opportunity to screen again by the next screening deadline.

Do you accept transfer students from other nursing programs?

The nursing program does have transfer guidelines. Individuals interested in this option should contact the ADN Department Chair to discuss this option and see if they qualify to transfer.

Do you have an LPN Bridge program?

LPNs may apply to the program by meeting the screening requirements with the exception of the Nurse Assistant. Once an LPN is accepted into the program, he/she will meet with the ADN Department Chair to determine placement in the program.

Can I take nursing classes in the evening?

The lecture/classroom times for all of the nursing courses are offered in the evening. Evening enrollment is on a first come first serve basis during registration, and evening spots cannot be guaranteed to an individual student. Although the lecture portion of the nursing courses may be in the evening, most clinicals will be during the daytime.

What clinical sites are used in the Nursing program?

The Nursing program conducts clinicals at various area hospitals as well as long term care and community agencies. Clinical sites are chosen for the learning experience related to each nursing course. Students are informed of clinical sites and times prior to enrolling in nursing courses.

What is a BSN partnership?

The CLC Nursing Program encourages continuing education for all of our nursing graduates. There is a national initiative to elevate the level of nursing education and CLC has developed partnerships with several Universities to transition graduates to the next level of education, a Bachelors Degree in Nursing (BSN). The list of partnerships is on the BSN web page and additional information is available in the Nursing Education Office. Graduates must be licensed Registered Nurses in order to complete these programs.

Who can I talk to if I have additional questions?

If you still have questions after you have read the prospective student packet, you may contact counseling, advising or the nursing education department. Contact information is located in the prospective student packet.